Epidendrum ardens Kraenzel 1906 GROUP Scabrum SUBGROUP Soratae Photo by Nartreb and his Orchid Page

Another Color Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

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Common Name The On Fire Epidendrum [refers to the Flower color]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Peru in in moss covered elfin forests or on rocky ledges at elevations of 2000 to 4150 meters as a reed stem, medium to large sized, cold growing, epiphyte or lithophyte with long, straggly, frequently branching stems enveloped basally by tubular sheaths and carries a few, erect, imbricating, lanceolate, acute, carinate, conduplicate below, dark green leaves suffused with purple and subtended by purple persistent sheaths that blooms in the summer through fall on a subapical, laxly pendant, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, densely many [10 to 14] flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts that cover half of the ovary and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 633 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 742 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 988 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1206 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide

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